Housing a Homeless Shelter: A Case Study in Community Deliberation

  • Amie Thurber Vanderbilt University

Abstract

Among the core competencies of macro practitioners are the skills to design, implement and evaluate conflict resolution processes. Drawing upon theories of deliberative democracy, restorative justice and the Just Practice framework, this paper explores a process of deliberation which engaged 200 community members in the controversial siting of a homeless shelter. This case study is both descriptive and reflective: by offering an in-depth description of the process and a reflection on the guiding values, this paper provides critical insight into best practices in – and limitations of – using deliberation to resolve divisive community issues.

Author Biography

Amie Thurber, Vanderbilt University
Amie Thurber’s research, practice and teaching interests involve reducing social inequality in neighborhoods, and developing best practices for community-engaged teaching and research. Amie is currently a doctoral candidate in Vanderbilt University’s Community Research and Action program.
Published
2017-05-16
How to Cite
THURBER, Amie. Housing a Homeless Shelter: A Case Study in Community Deliberation. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, [S.l.], v. 22, n. 2, p. 28-38, may 2017. ISSN 1080-0220. Available at: <http://www.reflectionsnarrativesofprofessionalhelping.org/index.php/Reflections/article/view/1475>. Date accessed: 16 dec. 2017.

Keywords

Community Practice, Conflict Resolution